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Appalling division of allegiance

Posted: June 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Regarding the article in the June 15 issue of The Signal, "Iranian-Americans cast votes":

I wonder just how many of those "pseudo-Americans" voted in the elections of the United States, the country of their voluntary adoption?

The majority of them came at the time of the Shah’s overthrow in 1979. When, oh when, are they going to show their undivided allegiance to this country?

By showing their Iranian passport to vote on June 14 — on the United States’ Flag Day! — at 20 polling places around the United States, they voted for the next Iranian president.

I came to this country in 1960, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1971.

At that time, the oath that hundreds of us took meant also that voting or serving in the military of another country would be grounds for loss of that status.

I was recently privileged to attend the naturalization procedure of a family member, during which nearly 4,000 new Americans took the oath. The first sentence of that oath is:

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen."

Doesn’t that oath mean anything any more? I’m appalled!


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